12 June 2010

Phone Hero at the Intern Site

When to be a hero with your phone: For just about any circumstance at the internship, your phone should be off. It's a tool for personal communication and work sites are not the place for personal communication.

Still, your phone can be a tool that benefits everyone in the conduct of business. Stereotyping just a bit: young people can access more information via cell phone than most middle-aged bosses can with the power of a computer.

Services you (with a phone) can provide on the job:

1 - calculator to confirm numbers being tossed around in a meeting,
2 - address look-up for locations under discussion (might include lunch!),
3 - text message to a colleague for information when phone and email would elicit a slower response.

The content on this blog is not offered as legal advice or guidance. Consult your college, advisor, or internship supervisor for help with issues surrounding internships. © 2010 Mary Bold, PhD, CFLE. Dr. Bold is a co-author of the book Reflections: Preparing for your Practicum or Internship, geared to college interns in the child, education, and family fields. More about Dr. Bold can be learned at http://www.marybold.com/

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